Posts Tagged ‘meatless’


I used the Dough Cycle on the Bread Machine yesterday, and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. Pulling the Recipe from the Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, it produced two nice size pizza doughs! I had my doubts, when Matty had a friend over, that there would be enough. Should I serve something else to go with the meal? I was out of Lettuce?..Ugh, Now I am over thinking it!

But then I remembered growing up, with my Italian grandmother & Aunt Tessie, when this was a meal that fed many of us on a cold Friday or Saturday night (granted, with their experience in our big Italian appetites, they probably made more than two pies worth of dough, but hey, I am learning) Then it dawned on me, this is what it’s all about..those kind of memories. Sure they will remember when I ordered pizza out too, and they will also probably attach to this fond memory that they had to eat some popcorn afterwards because they were still a  little hungry 😳 , but it will be  a fond memory nonetheless, if it kills me!!!! hehehe

Ok, got a bit off track there..So as I was making it, I had eyes on me from the Pizza Maker, himselfWAYNE! It was kind of nerve-racking, he was watching every move I made. I apparently make pizza a lot different than he does! It came together great and all five of us + one friend were all piled in the kitchen laughing *note* these are those fond memories I was talking about 😉

Now the moment of truth….Hubs was the first to taste test…and he LOVED it! He even complemented me on my homemade dough, which he does not know how to make! Success!!! I think this just might make it into my vault of fond memories too!

Basic Pizza Dough

1 1/3 c water          1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

3 1/2 c all-purpose flour          1 tbl sugar               1 1 /2 tsp salt

2 tsp yeast

Dump in Bread maker, programmed on dough cycle.

When machine beeps, take out right away and put on lightly floured surface, and separate into two doughs. Cover with damp towel and let rise for about 20 minutes.  I then put doughs in 2 quart-size baggies sprayed with pam, and then threw in fridge until dinner time.

When Ready to Eat, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets with Pam, then roll out dough into rectangle shape, and place in pan, you can then stretch to fit. Cover with sauce and your choice of cheese and toppings. I just used shredded Mozzarella and grated parmesan. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until your cheese is bubbly and the bottom of the crust is no longer pale white


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I would like to come up with a plan that I can follow but also switch around if necessary. This week, I am not totally into it, but I feel like if I put it off much longer, I will never do it!  I also have a few new recipes for snacks I would like to try out.  I also am trying out a new dinner recipe and will report back with my family feedback. I will post recipes after I make them 🙂

Monday: Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy*new recipe*, red bliss mashed potatoes & green beans

Tuesday: Possible pizza night – New tub/shower are being installed today! We will be crazy!

Wednesday: Lenten Family Night @ Church – Dinner included

Thursday:  Breakfast for dinner – Banana Pancakes & Eggs (perfect for nights Hubby works) *meatless*

Friday: Chicken alfredo, garlic toast and steamed broccoli

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My kids are NOT big soup eaters, but this they love..and I also realized  this is an almost meatless recipe. Another meal I can add to my list! This meal cost about $10, and fed all of us, plus of good amount of leftovers!

3 boxes value size Au Gratin Potatoes

2 cups of milk

2 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

6 slices of bacon

3 small potatoes, cubed

 1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)

In a large saucepan, chop up raw bacon and onion (optional) and cook on med/high until crunchy. There is usually not a lot of grease, but if so, drain a little off. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and cook on low/med for about an hour, stirring occasionally, chopping up the potatoes as you go. When ready to serve, I like to stir in a cup of shredded cheddar .

That’s it! Easy, right? Yumm..*I like to top mine with crumbled cheeze-its*

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Well, it is only day 1 of my research, but it is not looking promising 😦

Thanks to my picky family, who do not like many veggies, beans, rice or seafood….my meatless recipes consist of

  1. pasta
  2. pizza
  3. grilled cheese and soup
  4. breakfast for dinner and “hold the bacon”
  5. fishsticks..but this is only good for the kids..hubby will not eat them

Ok, so my conclusion in this short study is……………..I’m moving on to STEP 2 of my Grocery Budget Stretch

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Trying to make ends meet, and still staying within my grocery budget has become next to impossible!  I used to be able to feed my family of five under $100 a week..well those days are long gone

I do understand why…

1) having a teenage boy has made a huge difference..he eats for 2, maybe 3 people! And when there is 1 teenage boy, there is usually another right behind him, so we rarely have dinner without a guest or two!

2) grocery prices have gone up

3) we have been trying to eat more fresh produce, which hikes up the bill a bit

So now my goal is to figure out what my new budget can reasonably be and how to keep it under that! Growing up, we very rarely had a “meatless” meal, so I am guilty of  upholding that tradition. Which brings me to my first, of many, dilemma….

Can we have meatless meals?? How would my family, who is picky about their veggies, handle this change? And if they are on board, how many days of the week can we do it? Oh boy, now my mind is spinning. What is there besides spaghetti & pizza? This will be my project for the next few days…Searching Meatless recipes and feeling out the family…Wish me luck

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